Mark returns to beloved Hamo Race Week as the 100th entrant
THE entry list for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2017 has passed the magical 100 mark and continues to climb at an impressive rate.
Early indications are that while the fleet might not match last year's record of 252 it could come close.
Sydney yachtsman Mark Michalowsky was the 100th entrant for the regatta, returning after a 10-year absence with his Beneteau 47.7, Calra M.
"The desire to return to Race Week has always been there, but until this year business obligations have caused it to be just that - a desire,” he said.
"I bought the yacht in Spain in 2000, had it sailed to Australia, then competed at Race Week in 2004, and again a decade ago, but that's where it ended. Fortunately I've finally got my business activities sorted out so I can now get back to spending more time sailing.”
Mr Michalowsky stressed that he is an "around-the-cans man” who loves competing in twilight races more than anything else.
"I've only done one overnight race, a 17-miler from Sydney to Pittwater a long time ago. Since then it has been all about cruising division races.”
His favourite memory of his last Audi Hamilton Island Race Week was, "Jimmy Barnes rocking the night away on the waterfront”.
And, apart from enjoying some superb, around-the-islands racing in the tropics this year, he is looking forward to the camaraderie of the post-race cockpit parties which were the highlight for him last time he participated.
German luxury carmaker, Audi, is returning for the 12th year as principal sponsor.
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is schedule for August 19-26. All information relating to the regatta is on the website www.audihamiltonislandraceweek.com.au